Feb. 7 Former CBS Middle East correspondent, author Lawrence Pintak, "The U.S. and the Muslim World"
Feb. 13 Executive director of Green Dot Dorothy J. Edwards, "Ending Violence One Green Dot at a Time"
Feb. 14 Simpson-Duvall Lecture: Vanderbilt University professor of religious studies Lewis V. Baldwin, "The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement: An Enduring Legacy"
Feb. 15 English Endowed Reading: poet and essayist Matthew Burns Listen
Feb. 21-23 Fifth Annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival
Feb. 28 Heritage Month Lecture: University of Colorado professor of English Paul Harvey, "Jesus in Red, White and Black" Listen
March 7 Great Decisions Lecture: Richard Schatz, "Myanmar and Southeast Asia" Listen
March 13 Lecture: Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Tamrat Layne Admassu, "Transformation of Life in Jesus" Listen
March 14 Great Decisions Lecture: Rev. Ben Robinson, '03, "Egypt" Listen
March 20 English Endowed Reading: Eastern Washington University professor of English Paul Lindholdt
April 17 Chapman Reading: Jim Hunt, "Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68" Listen
April 18 Great Decisions Lecture: Regina Yan, '82, "Humanitarian Intervention"
April 24 Whitworth President's Leadership Forum: Kathleen McCartney, Ph.D., dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, "Investing in Education Reforms that Work" Watch
April 25 Great Decisions Lecture: Eugene Bempong Nyantakyi & Ryan Knight, '13, "China in Africa" Listen
April 27 Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference: "The Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Scholarship"
April 30 English Endowed Reading: Poet, novelist, editor Katharine Coles Listen Watch
In March, the Whitworth Theatre Department performed the docudrama The Laramie Project, based on the death of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., in October, 1998. Shepard was murdered in a hate crime because of his sexual orientation. A month after the violent tragedy, members of New York's Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and interviewed the people of the town. From these interviews, they wrote the play.
"Theatre can provide a safe space to talk about things that might otherwise be hard to talk about, or give us perspectives that we haven't thought of, or just help us consider our beliefs in new ways," says Diana Trotter, theatre professor and director of The Laramie Project at Whitworth.
Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, was a guest speaker at Whitworth in fall 2011, speaking on "The Message of Matthew." She and her husband founded the Matthew Shepard Foundation, to honor the memory of their son.